MICHELLE HOLLY

MARYLAND / BELGIUM

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I began whitewater kayaking in 2011 and immediately fell in love with the thrill of running rapids, the peace of being out on a still, quiet morning, and the phenomenal paddling community.  I got into stand up paddling in 2013, and learned to river surf from a great crew of paddlers on the Potomac River. My favorite river surfing spots on the Potomac include Rocky, Offut, and the Chutes.  When back home in the DC area, I love to run the gorge and surf, or take new paddlers out on wide water and share my passion for being out on the water. I am currently exploring the rivers and lakes around Belgium, and while there isn’t much whitewater, paddling alongside 15th century castles isn’t too shabby, either.  

FAVORITE RIDES

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ERS 11-0 V-II

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9-6 SKYLAKE GREEN™

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SUP INSTRUCTOR

Michelle currently resides in Belgium but has previously taught out of  www.paddlestrokesup.com (301) 442-6864

Regarded by local paddlers as the best stand up paddle board lesson program in the DC / Maryland area. Paddlestroke SUP provides you with top-quality, enthusiastic, supportive instruction from experienced professional stand up paddlers. Your first lesson will be in a safe, calm-water environment where you’ll learn the basics but we offer further tuition in intermediate / advanced skills - river running - SUP Camp for Kids - & One on One or large group tuition.

MICHELLE HOLLY INSTAGRAM

MICHELLE HOLLY INSTAGRAM

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PADDLING QUALIFICATIONS

ACA Level IV Instructor

RIDING STYLE

River or Lake Flatwater - Beach or Coastal - Class II Rapids - SUP Instructor - River Surfing - SUP Yoga

INTERESTING FACTS

I am an elementary school teacher specializing in special education & Deaf education. When I'm not on the water, I maintain balance by practicing yoga, hiking, skiing and rock climbing. I'm also involved in coaching Special Olympics and am fluent in American Sign Language.

THE FUTURE

I'm planning a stand up paddleboarding excursion on the Norwegian fjords in 2019, and look forward to exploring more of the flatwater and whitewater that Europe has to offer! In the long term, I would love to work more with adaptive paddlesports to help share the stoke and make paddle boarding accessible to​ a wider audience of adults and children.

BEGINNER SUP LESSONS

INTERMEDIATE SUP LESSONS

 

FAVORITE PADDLING LOCATIONS

RIVER SURF – OFFUT ISLAND – MARYLAND

One of my favorite standing waves still and where I learnt to river surf

FLATWATER – LESSE RIVER – BELGIUM

The Lesse is a pretty place to paddle when the water is flowing, if you get there early enough to beat the crowds. Plus, it’s hard to beat a Belgian brew and frites, post paddle.

SURFING – São João da Caparica – PORTUGAL

I'm just breaking into the ocean surf scene, and have had a blast surfing in spots along the Portuguese coast (while enjoying the catch of the day or a Pastel della Nata between surfs).

CAMP SUP FOR KIDS (AGES 11-17)

 
 

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